Madur (mat) weaving is an age-old cottage industry of Paschim Medinipur district. Madur artisans weave this on a simple bamboo frame. Warp is of cotton thread and weft is a thin soft reed of Madurkathi, a grass weed. Madur craftspersons these days make various diversified products which includes table runners and mats, curtains, hats, purses, sun-guards etc.
The superfine Masland mats, historically produced under royal patronage, are hand-woven with silk yarn in weft. Biswa Bangla’s market linkage has helped regenerate interest in the labour-intensive time-consuming weaving of Masland by making it remunerative.